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TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring EVA & THE DOGBOYS

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

                        John Denniston                  Elaine Verstraete                 T-Bone Farley



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is under full steam for a Wednesday, Aug 16th arrival at the Clifton Springs library.
Your happily homogenous hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are excited and pleased to Feature:



~ EVA & THE DOGBOYS ~



EVA & THE DOGBOYS, https://www.facebook.com/Eva-and-the-Dog-Boys-131671960246185/" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/Eva-and-the-Dog-Boys-131671960246185/

John Denniston - Mandolin and Tenor/Lead Vocals is one of the Northeast’s top mandolin players. As a lifelong resident of Palmyra. He and his patient wife, Maureen have three children, who secretly love John's music, too.
Steeped in the classic Bill Monroe mandolin-playing tradition, John is a genial gentleman, and a serious musical performer, who adds his tenor vocals to the Dogboys harmony. 


Tom (TBone) Farley – Guitar virtuoso and sometimes old time banjo picker with a thoughtful appreciation for all kinds of acoustic music.
Bone is usually pivotal in the instrumental arranging of the new songs.
As the guitarist and frequent lead baritone vocalist, who happens to own our single microphone we’re extra special nice to him. His playing experience includes Lisa Bigwood and The Washday Band, Cuttin’ the Grass, The New Aliens, and many revisits of The Dugway Dirt Band.
TBone is married to the lovely Suzanne and they have a beautiful daughter, daughter in-law, and grandsons Alex, and Lance.


Elaine (Eva) Verstraete - Bassist and lead/tenor vocalist is everybody's compleat artist.
Elaine is a lovely woman, who is a widely respected illustrator and university faculty member, with an extensive musical background. She has a restless musical soul and the sultry pipes to bring a song vividly to life, in almost any musical genre.
 


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Fresh from their triumphant turn as Feature Artists, the pesky Pickers will be even more ebullient, I predict.
This is the perfect time, for you newbies to suit up...turn up...tune up...and play yer best song for us Trackers.
Just buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) and you too, can be a Mystery Picker. 


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring EVA & THE DOGBOYS
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Aug 16
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring THE MYSTERY PICKERS

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                                                               Mystery Pickers
 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS is loaded to the gunwales with musicians, and she'll be pulling into the library on Wednesday, Aug 2nd.
Your wholly wholesome hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very pleased to present a first-ever show, Featuring:


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


We greatly appreciate The Mystery Pickers.
They deserve a lot of credit, for their ongoing contributions to the continuing success of Tunes By the Tracks, so we hope you Trackers will help show your appreciation, by supporting this show, to celebrate the talents of THE MYSTERY PICKERS.
It was a daunting task, to wade through the talent pool, and limit our Features, but time contstraints prevailed, and here are the six acts that will Feature ~

  • VAL FOWLER and GREG FRANKLIN
  • LAURI PARKHURST
  • PATRICK and KATHIE SCHWAR
  • RALPH & DAWN
  • DAVID NIXON
  • BILL THOMAS

We will devolve into a jam session hootenanny during the second half of the evening, and of course, we invite and expect all you Trackers to participate lustily.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring THE MYSTERY PICKERS
  • Clifton Springs library,
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Aug 2
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring BILL DESTLER

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                                                                                Bill Destler


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is right on schedule, for a Wednesday, July 19th arrival at the Clifton Springs library.
Your folkalacious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are delighted and proud to introduce a new TUNES BY THE TRACKS Feature:



~ BILL DESTLER ~



Bill Destler, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_W._Destler

Here is Bill, in his own words:
"Who am I? I am a husband, a father, and a university administrator. Although my degrees are in engineering physics and I have spent much of my career working in that field, I am also an aspiring singer/songwriter and guitar/banjo/mandolin player (hmm…, this aspiring thing has gone on a long time) and a collector of antique banjos. I am interested in alternative fuel vehicles and my family collectively owns 1 Chevy Volt, 2 Prii (plural of Prius?), 4 electric bikes, and 1 electric scooter. I eat almost entirely from the male (or as Rebecca says, the beige) food groups, and I am counting on a good gene lineage to protect me from myself. I have been very lucky in life."

Clearly a man of taste, sensitivity, intelligence, talent and wit,
Bill is a genuine renaissance man, but he's coming to TUNES BY THE TRACKS, anyhow.


plus...

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


That eclectic gaggle of musical friends, who boldly step into the spotlight, to add zest, panache, and cacophony to the evening.
Anyone champing at the bit, can simply let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and we will include you, in the pantheon of MYSTERY PICKERS.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring BILL DESTLER
  • Clifton Springs library, 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wednesday, July 19
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring LOREN and MARK

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

                       Loren Barrigar                     Mark Mazengarb


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is full steam for Clifton Springs library, 
with a Wednesday, July 5th ETA.
Your harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, 
are so pleased to welcome returning Tracker favorites, as our very special Feature:


~ LOREN and MARK ~



Loren and Mark, http://www.lorenandmark.com/
In live performance, they nearly defy description.
They astonish with spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, outstanding musicality, spontaneous creativity, and wonderful vocals, that seem effortless.
Maybe even more appealing, is the unique personal chemistry between two friends, that literally makes the room crackle with electricity.
Their impromptu, on stage badinage is as much a feature of a Loren and Mark show, as the world-class guitar virtuosity, that they both display.

Heads up Trackers!!
When Loren and Mark come to town, our big room fills to the brim, so please plan to come early, and it would be a good idea, to bring a lawn chair, just in case.

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


We're gonna wring everything we can out of Loren and Mark, but we'll still find time to squinch in the Mystery Pickers.
So, if yer feeling especially eager, just buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and yer in bidness.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring LOREN and MARK
  • Clifton Springs library, 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wednesday, July 5th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


                   Barbara Jablonski                                                 Kathleen Cappon                           Becky Schneider                             Cathy McGrath                     



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is on schedule, for the Wednesday, June 21st show at Clifton Springs library. 
Your hapless hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins are hamstrung without our co-host, but we'll have to handle it, because Cathy and her cohorts will be our Feature:



~ STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND ~ 




Four dynamic women joined forces to form this high energy band in 2008, http://www.facebook.com/Steppin-Out-String-Band-1333518763331075/


 
Cathy, Barbara, Kathleen, and Becky play Folk and Dance music in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area. The band is listed in the Young Audiences of Rochester catalog and play many school performances. They have appeared at Tunes By The Tracks, Golden Link Folk Singing Society, Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways, and the Wayne County Fair, to name a few.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The second half of the evening will bring these exciting emissaries of song to the big stage. 
If you are itching to play a favorite song...just let Allen or Jim (me) know, and you'll be on yer way...figuratively speaking.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND
  • CLIFTON SPRINGS library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wednesday, June 21
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)





TUNES BY THE TRACKS, ALL-STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                                       Rogue's Gallery, from 2016 show



TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be rolling in on Wednesday, June 7th.

Yer always affable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very grateful to Clifton Spiring library, for providing the wonderful venue, to Feature:


 

~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT ~



The Clifton Springs library has been our gracious and generous supporter, since our inaugural show, in 2009.  
We're deeply appreciative to the library, for providing the lovely room where we hold our shows, and for their unstinting support, of TUNES BY THE TRACKS.
A passel of our talented musical friends, are donating their time and talents, to be on hand, to thank the library, with this benefit show.


2017 TUNES BY THE TRACKS ALL-STARS Feature: 

  • Joe Dady
  • Perry Cleaveland
  • Jed Curran
  • Dave North
  • Eva & the Dogboys, (aka, John Denniston, Elaine Verstraete, TBone Farley)
  • David Ianni
  • Val Fowler


The ALL-STARS will play short sets, during the first half of the evening.



 

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The icing on the cake of course...easy peasy to give it a go...just tap Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) on the shoulder, and axe...and you can become a Mystery Picker.

 

Please help us show Clifton Springs library, how much we appreciate them.
We're hoping to see a roomful of you Trackers at the benefit show, on June 7th.



+ TUNES BY THE TRACKS ~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT

+ Clifton Springs library

+ 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

+ Wednesday, June 7

+ 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

+ Free ($5.00 donation suggest...ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLIFTON SPRINGS LIBRARY)


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                   Anne Hills
      



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is lickety-split, for Clifton Springs, with folk royalty, on board
Library ETA, is Wednesday, May 17th, for a 7:00pm show.

Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are thrilled and delighted to welcome, for her inaugural visit, our Feature:



~ ANNE HILLS ~ 



Anne Hills, http://www.annehills.com/biography/ 
has won so many awards, for her singing and songwriting, and played with so many of the great folk artists, that we literally don't have room here, to show you all of them.
Please click the Link above, to learn more about this beautiful lady, and her equally beautiful music.

Here's what Tom Paxton has said, about Anne...

“A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary music’s premiere vocalists … Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft.” and Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”

...plus...

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Yes, indeedy...a potpourri, of musical styles, notions, and other fancy stuff.
During the second half of the evening, the rafters will ring with the dulcet tones, of those lovable Mystery Pickers.
...wanna give it a try??
Just let Cathy or Jim (me) know, and we'll shoehorn you right into the rota.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wednesday, May 17
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CARLA ULBRICH

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                     Carla Ulbrich



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming for Clifton Springs, and
she'll be at the library, on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Your hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are quivering in anticipation, of welcoming back a Tracker favorite, as our Feature:




~ CARLA ULBRICH ~




Carla, http://www.carlau.com/ , is a captivating performer. 
She has dealt with serious, life-threatening illness, and turned her adversity into insightful and often hilarious songs. Check out her website, to listen.

Carla captured our Tracker hearts, with her debut appearance last season.
She drove in, from New Jersey and enroute traffic made her a tad later than planned.
Undaunted, Carla zipped into the parking lot, unpacked her guitar, and took the stage, without even stopping to catch her breath.
Despite taking no time, to freshen up, or change into her performance outfit...Carla looked lovely, performed magnificently, and her ebullient high spirits were happily contagious.  
She's back, and we love Carla Ulbrich.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~



Yes, indeedy...the second half of the evening, will bring out the bold, and the bodacious. 
Easy to become a Mystery Picker...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer on yer way.



  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CARLA ULBRICH
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, May 3
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring AUSTIN MACRAE

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                             Austin Macrae


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is making tracks for our home depot, at Clifton Springs library, for arrival on Wednesday, April 19th.

2/3 of your hospitable hosts, (Allen will be at NEFFA)...
Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are very pleased, to welcome an exciting new talent, as our Feature:



~ AUSTIN MACRAE ~



Austin MacRae, http://www.austinmacrae.com/  is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015.


those crazy kids...

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The Mystery Pickers, will dazzle and delight, during the second half of the show.
Newbies are always welcome.
If you feel yer ready, to take the plunge (figuratively speaking)...let Cathy or Jim (me) know...and zippity doo dah...you will be in the spotlight.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring AUSTIN MCRAE
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Apr 19
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
  • FREE
  • $5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEPPER & SASSAFRAS

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)
      
                                           Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers                  Wendy Sassafras Ramsay




TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is inbound for VICTOR-FARMINGTON library, for our next show, on Wednesday, April 5th.
Your harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased to welcome back our friends and Feature:


~ PEPPER & SASSAFRAS ~

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/" target="_blank">https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/

Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.

 

Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.


Yes indeedy...                     ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ 


For the bold, the intrepid, the masochistic...git right up and play us yer favorite song, as a Mystery Picker....just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you'll be in the crosshairs...I mean...the spotlight.


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEPPER & SASSAFRAS
  • VICTOR-FARMINGTON library, 15 W. Main St, Victor, NY 
  • http://www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org/
  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:39pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 



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